Introduction of Squeezzrr a C-Myk papertoy

Finally I join the papertoy world again and enter a contest….

Pop'Set Colours attack logo
(popsetpaper.com, Happy Colours’ Attack)

But for I can’t finish the papertoy in time ๐Ÿ™ (my live is changed a lot!)
(participate)

Damn I just couldn’t get more time in the design/build… I wanted to compete but there are more important things to do…

I could be sad, but I’m not, so instead of winning a contest
Ishare the end result with you (this is my blog so why not):

I introduce to you:

Squeezzrr

a C-Myk papertoy
(and my first Shin Tanaka custom)

Squeezzrr front-shot

Squeezzrr front

Squeezzrr side-shot

Squeezzrr side

My creation is based upon the fact that Shin got inspired by a drop of water. The (head-) shape he created made me think of an orange squeezer and I decided to make a character based upon that.
Some minor changes to the original design: shortened the ‘head’ and removed/replaced the arms with my own design. And of course an orange!

Hope you like it.

Update #1: I have added Squeezzrr also to the gallery of Pop’set. It will be visible in 48 hours :D. To bad that there is no like button anymore ๐Ÿ™
Update #2: I was missing the possibility to “like” this! So now you can do that here: like me on facebook. So like me alot ๐Ÿ˜€
Update #3: Yes!! added to the Pop’set Colours’ attack contest – gallery: http://www.popsetpaper.com/layers-node/519 to bad no “like” so I have created my own like!

Papertoy Monster Day

Never heared of it… That because it self-proclaimed.
And I’m one of the people who will do the self-proclaiming.

I have written about it, showed you images/photos and now there is a special day for it!

Papertoy Monsters:

Make Your Very Own Amazing Papertoys!
Papertoy Monster - book cover

The papertoy book I have designed two monsters for published by Workman Publishing (strangly enough you can’t buy the book at Workman anymore).
If you want to buy the book visit amazon.com and buy a couple of copies!!!.

Here a little quote by Workman:

A breakthrough paper-folding book for kids—paper airplanes meet Origami meets Pokemon. Papertoys, the Internet phenomenon that’s hot among graphic designers and illustrators around the world, now comes to kids in the coolest new book. Created and curated by Brian Castleforte, a graphic designer and papertoy pioneer who rounded up 25 of the hottest papertoy designers from around the world (Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Italy, Croatia, Chile, even Jackson, Tennessee), Papertoy Monsters offers 50 fiendishly original die-cut designs that are ready to pop out, fold, and glue. The book interleaves card stock with paper stock for a unique craft package; the graphics are colorful and hip, combining the edginess of anime with the goofy fun of Uglydolls and other collectibles. Plus each character comes with its own back-story.

I’m proud to present the monsters I have designed:
Scorpion Robot
Scorpion Robot
and
Squidbeak (formely know as ‘Octobeak’)
Squidbeak

You won’t find a lot of images of these Monster papertoys around on the Internet, I’m not sure but I think my paper models are rated advanced.
Although you can see a part of the page where Squidbeak is at boingboing.net (check the first page of the book you see).

Here a promo of the author Castleforte:

The Papertoy Monster book has also a site:papertoymonsters.tumblr.com/ so check that out for more pictures of the monsters. And follow it with twitter: twitter.com/PapertoyMonster

Here all the other monsters that you can build:

Papertoy monsters poster

Castleforte posted a promotional poster for the “50 papertoy monsters” book which will be released very soon.

Castleforte: here is a sneak peak of all 50 monsters from my new, soon to be released book, “50 papertoy monsters”. thanks to workman publishing for this wonderful, promotional poster. enjoy!

This is a freaking awesome book!!! what a beautifull set of papertoys
50 Papertoy Monsters

My monsters are “Squidbeak” (third row, first one) and “Scorpion Robot” (fourth row, third papertoy).

Preorder at Amazon

WIP Papertoy: MacTen

My latest papertoy Revolvrr is a great success (at the moment of writing this blog: 1731 downloads)! So what should I do with that knowledge?
Nick Knite suggested that I should make a “Urban protection series”.

I thought about it…. and I think he’s right!
So here a little progress: based upon a MAC 10 here is my papertoy version MacTen.

Original “blueprint” of the MAC10

and my first build (WIP)

And after my first build, I realize that there needs to be a lot of changes to make it as fun as the Revolvrr.
So back to the drawing board, and make it more fun ๐Ÿ˜€

The model is not ready for download, but let me know how bad you want it (make a comment!!!) and you will be the first (!) to know.
Oh and when your busy commenting, tel me also what should be part (weapons like a Rambo knife, grenade, ….) of the “Urban protection series”!

Revolvrr papertoy

I have been busy… Not really with my papertoys

But this one is just so you don’t forget me:
Say hello to my little friend

Revolvrr is a papertoy that I made as a part of an other papertoy.

Nick Knite and Dolly Oblong advised me to share it with you. So here it is: it’s only a blank version because it just doesn’t need more.

The .ZIP file contains a .PDF
(You can use freeware like FilZip or 7zip to extract a .ZIP-file and read a .PDF with Acrobat or Foxit)

There was some room left on the template so I made a bullet for the Revolvrr ๐Ÿ˜€

Update #1: in 48 hours more than 500 downloads. Everybody needs protection. So don’t bring a scissor to a papertoy fight!
Update #2: in 6 days more than 1000 downloads. Throw your guns in the air.
Update #3: 12 days and 1400 downloads. To protect and serve…

Tip from Methuup da Funky One: Glue the curved piece of the cylinder in first, apply glue and push the 4 half moons with the tabs which form the top and bottom of the cylinder from the inside into place.

Update #3: the first Revolvrr customs are here:

70’s Lurrv Gun – Methuup da Funky One custom
custom by Methuup da Funky One

Water Pistol ‘Revolver’ – Jason Bolt custom
Water Pistol 'Revolver' - Jason Bolt custom

Revolvrr custom – Anonymous
Revolvrr custom - Anonymous

Revolvrr custom – George McKnight
Revolvrr custom - George McKnight

How to do this?

The first you need is a piece of paper with a print/pattern on it. Try Google for a pattern.
You can buy paper with a print on it but you can also use a page from a comic/magazine/flyer.
After that you just print the blank template on it.

Oh no!!!

The first papertoy suicide? A sad way to end your birthday… how will this end…
And remember: Revolvrr’s don’t kill people, scissors do!

Deksta having a morbid sence of humor
(No papertoy fan(s) where hurt during this photo session)

Papertoy diamond ring

A papertoy that I did a while back.

Papertoy diamond ring

This papertoy is a gift for someone who creates jewelry (check out the quick website I did for her: Smederij in Amsterdam).

She complains that nobody gives her jewelry. So I created a BIG-diamond ring ๐Ÿ˜€

Papertoy diamond ring + box

Visit my Flickr account for more images

Papertoys Monsters

I finished this models a while back, but never posted about them…
really sad that I didn’t because they are awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

Scorpion Robot
Scorpion Robot

OctoBeak
Monster OctoBeak

They are papertoy monster made for the Monsterbook by Workman Publishing Co.
You can preorder it at Amazon:

Papertoy Monsters: Make Your Very Own Amazing Papertoys! .

There are 50 monsters in this book made by 25 designers. We were given the task to create monster papertoys on one piece of paper, with double-sided prints. They also asked to do some “classic” monster: I did a robot and a fictional monster.

Check my flickr account for more images!

Straat Papier Holland Klik – Workshop promo

Something that I have been working on:

Straat Papier Holland Klik – Workshop promo from Matthijs Kamstra on Vimeo.

Maarten Janssens create the “Straat Papier Holland Klik”-logo, and did the stop-motion animation. I did the rest

Maarten Janssens (3EyedBear) and me are going to give a papertoy workshop, totally FREE!!
Here more information about the festival:

THE ABC URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL (read more)


A festival where design and crafts go hand in hand.
Saturday 26th, 2010 from 1pm – 6pm the square in front of The American Book Center (Spui 12, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) will be an outdoor atelier, with artists creating work on-site for the public to enjoy.

Maarten Janssens (3EyedBear.com) and Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck] (MatthijsKamstra.nl) will be given a FREE papertoy workshop at ABC treehouse (Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

You can meet, greet and craft with the following Dutch Papertoy Artists:

For further information on the ABC URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL please contact :

Rick Lightstone (lightstone45@zonnet.nl) or Donna DuCarme (treehouse@abc.nl)

More info about the festival:
http://www.abc.nl/blog/?p=14118
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=285334500311&ref=ts
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Arts-Festival/292157415238?ref=ts

Papertoy bizz – part 3

I thought I would be finished now, but some random search let me know that I wasn’t finished yet.

So visit my previous post about Papertoy bizz.

But to be short about it: I’m currently working on making that papertoy bizz somewhat official.

And you need a business card and that got me wondering about some other business card related items:

  • Business card stand
  • Business card holder

I couldn’t resist looking for paper versions of these items.

I used my day jobs business card for this: I think they have a common size use in the Netherlands.
The card is 85mm x 55mm (W x H)

In this post I’ll be focusing on the business card holder! (again!)

Business card holder

How to Make a Business Card Holder… From Playing Cards

The fist one is a Business card holder made from playing cards:

How to Make a Business Card Holder... From Playing Cards

Read the craftstylish.com post about that.
Download the template (.PDF) they created here “save as”

I don’t have to vectorize it, but I did it anyway:

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

Business card holder from Free Patent Online

Here I found another one:
Business card holder

There is only a jpg, so I converted it to the standard size business card and now it’s in vector:

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

Here the vector files:

How to Make a Business Card Holder… From Playing Cards


Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

Business card holder from Free Patent Online


Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

What about SVG files?

Previous post I wrote some vector files but not the kind you are used from me.
Usually I use .PDF but in the case I use .SVG files, and you want to know what that is about…

What is a .SVG file?

Wikipedia on this subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svg

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a family of specifications of an XML-based file format for describing two-dimensional vector graphics, both static and dynamic (i.e. interactive or animated).

The official info can be found here: http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
XML Graphics for the Web

What is useful about this file?

It’s very small, most modern browsers can show it and vector edit programs like (online) Aviary Raven (press create and file > import files) or offline Inkscape or Illustrator.

Why doesn’t use everybody this in the papertoy scene?

There is no uniform way to show it in a blog post; every browser works different. I haven’t worked with it a lot and there seem to be some problem with fonts embedding (can also be my inexperience). And people are used to .PDF and viewing files in Adobe Reader (or another .PDF viewer). Another “problem” is that WordPress (this blog runs on it) doesn’t recognize a .SVG file as an image (it labels it as a dangerous file!!)

Example

Business holder template

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

Business stand (simple) template

Download the template as .SVG (use “Save Link As…”)

If you don’t see any images, you probably using old browser.
I have tested this in Firefox 3.6 (OSX and XP), Google Chrome (XP) and Internet Explorer (XP)

How to create or change a .SVG file?

There is a Firefox addon: svg-edit. This can be used for creating files but you can’t open them yet (net version will) so you have to open a .SVG file in a text editor (like notepad++) and copy paste it.
There is an awesome project online called Aviary that also has a vector edit web application: Aviary Raven. You first need op press “create” and then it’s possible to import a file (file > import files). You can also use Inkscape (freeware) or Adobe Illustrator ($$$).

How to download?

Use “save as” on a link or “save this page” if you have clicked on the link.
Make sure that the file you want to save, end with the extension .SVG (Firefox save this file as a .XML file for example)

How to open?

Use Aviary Raven (press create and file>import files), Inkscape or Illustrator.

How to print?

You can print from Firefox: open the link and print.
Are you used to .PDF files? Save the .SVG files (link) to your hard drive and visite www.fileformat.info and convert .SVG to a .PDF (remember to save the file as .PDF : in my case it change the extension to .HTM)

Should everybody start using SVG files?

Yes and no: yes because they are very small and most of the modern browsers can show the image…. but sadly not in a page/post which makes as difficult to use as .PDF.
And .PDF is what people know… It will probably get bigger if Firefox will treat .SVG files as an image file like Google Chrome and Safari does.